Best Practices in Commissioning Existing Buildings

"What is it that you do, exactly?"

The other day an owner, who had hired us for existing building commissioning, asked, "What is it that you do, exactly?" Whether you're an owner, a designer or a commissioning provider - that's a good question.

Check out how the BCA defines "Best Practices in Commissioning Existing Buildings." The link to the full paper is at the end.
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The Building Commissioning Association (BCA) is committed to defining what the Best Practices are in the “Existing Building Commissioning Industry” through the provision of a document that details practical solutions, facilitates the implementation of EBCx Best Practices improvements over time and assists in the standardization of the commissioning industry.

The term Best Practice generally refers to the best possible way of doing something, taking the most successful elements from many different sources and combining them to create the ultimate process or approach. This document looks in detail at these issues and helps understand and discuss why they are Best Practices for continuous quality improvement across the commissioning industry.

In order to meet our commitment to be the leading authority and clearinghouse for the commissioning industry, the BCA is implementing an evaluation strategy to ensure appropriate and effective evaluation of all commissioning standards and guidelines at all levels. Recognizing that each project might
require a different approach depending on the circumstances, the BCA emphasizes that the list of
Best Practices should not be understood as mandates. Subsequent to finalizing this document,
the Public and members of the BCA Board and Chapters have been asked to comment and make
suggestions. The “Best Practices”, therefore, is presented by BCA as a document that presents a
positive contribution to the Existing Building Commissioning Industry as a whole.

This document defines the qualities and characteristics of best commissioning practices in order
to promote those practices in the market. The definition of Best Practices creates a benchmark
against which the market can gauge quality and professionalism, and which the BCA can use to
objectively evaluate other commissioning initiatives, including our own. These Best Practices
criteria will allow the BCA to compare/contrast commissioning processes, guidelines, training
curriculum, certifications, etc.

BCA best practices criteria were developed from sources such as the California Commissioning Collaborative guide for Existing Buildings, the Building Commissioning Hand Book by the Building Commissioning Association, NEBB National Environmental Balancing Bureau (NEBB) retro-commissioning process, Associated Air Balance Council Commissioning Group (ACG) Commissioning Guidelines, ASHRAE Guideline 0-2005, input from ASHRAE GPC 1.2, and SMACNA, among others. This report also draws extensively upon years of real world experience of the sub committee from managing a wide array of EBCx projects.

Read the entire paper